Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program
The Piro Lito Lab
Our group studies the properties of oncoproteins that drive cancer cell growth, focusing on lung cancer and other solid tumors. We are interested in understanding how these are activated, their regulatory mechanisms, and how they modulate the behavior of cancer cells. To answer these questions we utilize small molecule inhibitors coupled with biochemical and genetic approaches in patient-derived cell line or xenograft model systems. We aim to provide insight into the fundamental processes that govern tumor biology and to identify therapeutic interventions that will prolong survival and improve the quality of life in patients with cancer.
Zhao Y, Murciano-Goroff Y, Xue Y, Ang A, Lucas J, Da Cruz Paula A, Mai T, Sisk A, Arora K, Roy R, Kim D, Li C, Lim L, Li M, Bahr A, Loomis B, de Stanchina E, Reis-Filho J, Weigelt B, Berger M, Riely G, Arbour K, Lipford R, Li B and Lito P. Diverse genetic alterations associated with resistance to KRAS(G12C) inhibition.Nature. 2021 Nov 10; 599(7886):679-683. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04065-2 PMID: 34759319
Li C, Vides A, Kim D, Xue J, Zhao Y and Lito P. The G-protein signaling regulator RGS3 enhances the GTPase activity of KRAS. Science. 2021 Oct 8;374(6564):197-201 PMID: 34618566
Xue JY, Zhao Y, Aronowitz J, Mai TT, Vides A, Qeriqi B, Kim D, Li C, de Stanchina E, Mazutis L, Risso D, Lito P. Rapid non-uniform adaptation to conformation-specific KRAS(G12C) inhibition. Nature. 2020;577(7790):421-5. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1884-x. PMID: 31915379
Hong DS*, Fakih MG, Strickler JH, Desai J, Durm JA,Shapiro GI, Falchook GS, Price TJ, Denlinger CS, Bang YJ, Dy GK, Krauss JC, Kuboki Y, Kuo JC, Coveler AL, Park K, Kim TW, Barlesi F, Munster PN, Burns TF, Meric-Bernstam F, Henary H, Ngang J, Ngarmchamnanrith G, Kim J, Houk BE, Canon J, Lipford JR, Lito P*, Govindan R*, Li BT*. KRAS G12C inhibition in advanced solid tumors. New England Journal of Medicine, 2020. Sep 24;383(13):1207-1217. PMID: 32955176* Equal contribution/co-senior authors
Piro Lito, MD, PhD
- Physician-scientist Piro Lito studies oncoproteins that drive cancer cell growth.
- MD,PhD, Michigan State University
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- ASCI Seldin Smith Award (2022)
- 2022 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators
- FNIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician Scientists (2021)
- Josie Robertson Investigator (2016-2021)
- Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research (2019)
- Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator (2017)
- The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Translational Research Award (2015)
- LUNGevity Foundation, Career Development Award (2015)
- NIH K08, Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (2015)
- Stand up to Cancer Lung Cancer Dream Team, Young Investigator (2015)
- Conquer Cancer Foundation, Young Investigator Award (2013)
- Charles A. Dana Fellow/Clinical Scholar in Biomedical Research (2011)
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Frontier Medicines Corporation
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